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The Captain Opens Up His Eyes

The start of last week presented a real opportunity for me to grab a hold of my goal for the year.  Back in January I declared 2008 to be the Year of Focus .  Since that time I have been trying my damnedest to improve my focus, with mixed results.  Circumstances have necessarily complicated my life, which diverted much of my attention away from the focus I desire.

By July my life had thankfully slowed down considerably.  Last week was the perfect time to capitalize on this and get back to focusing.  My new boss at work started last week, which was wonderful.  He is excellent at providing me with the direction and priorities I need to focus my attention.

I also started back on the road to getting in shape last week.  I’ve gone to my new gym every day after work for the past two weeks.  It is now quite apparent that I cannot reach my original goal of having a flat stomach by 30, but I don’t really care anymore.  Getting in top shape is going to be a long process, and timetables don’t feel as necessary as they did for the wedding.  It feels good to be back on track, and that is enough for now.

Committing to the Year of Focus is turning out to be much more detail-oriented than I originally imagined.  It involves me committing to doing the things that I usually put off.  I’ve been keeping a much closer watch on my personal finances.  Today I made an appointment for a check-up with my old doctor.  Tomorrow I am actually getting my dry-cleaning done.

In the midst of my focus on the details of my life, something reminded me to not lose sight of the big picture.  On Tuesday nite, I was at Tenacious Trivia at Stella Blues with my sister, Jamie and D.  Right after this picture was taken

some Goldschläger was accidentally spilled on my left hand.  My wedding ring became rather sticky, so I took it off and put it in my pocket.

On the way to work  on Wednesday, I notice I’m not wearing my ring.  After work I check the pockets of the previous nite and do not find the ring.  An exhaustive search of the loft does not produce said ring.  I called the bar, no ring there either.  After confessing to my lovely new wife that I may have lost my wedding ring, I went to bed feeling like a total goon.

This morning I woke up extra early so that I could go to Stella Blues on the way to work and search the parking lot for my ring.  When I’m getting in the car, it strikes me to look under the seat.  Sure enough, there it was.  I felt ecstatic the whole drive to work and I arrived fifteen minutes early.

Sitting in my car in the work parking lot, I decided to give the random song phenomena a try.  I hit random play on my Ipod and was pleasantly surprised at how the song the popped up fit my situation.  I had not heard the song in question, “Politk” by Coldplay, in several years.  In fact, I pretty much forgot it was on my Ipod.  Despite not being a huge fan of Coldplay1, I always really liked this song.  In particular, these lyrics really stood out.

“Give me strength, reserve, control.  Give me heart and give me soul.”

That pretty much sums it up.  I can’t let my renewed sense of focus cause me to forget those things that truly define me.  The details are important, but the big picture is what it’s all about.

Ciao,

The Captain

1  I don’t dislike Coldplay, but I definitely don’t get why they are so loved.  To me, they’re basically another version of the Dave Matthews Band.  They both put out a solid but unremarkable first album with an overly sappy love song.  On their second album they refined their signature sound and made their definitive record.  Since then they both have basically reproduced a similar version of their second album every couple of years.  The only real difference is that Coldplay still claim that their new albums are a dramatically different direction, whereas Dave gave up claiming that fucking b.s. five years ago.

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